Hands and Brain

author: Sir_Taffey date: 11/07/2013 category: correct practice

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Hands and Brain
Well hello there UG readers, today I am going to give hopefully a useful idea to inject into your warm-up. So first it is a constant picking pattern, a simple upstroke, followed by and upstroke, proceeding to a downstroke. So if I was to put this into a tab it looks something like this: Fig. 1
   u u d 
Now why would I want to do something that simple because I am a complicated guitarist. But give that a chance with different rhythms. So do triplets, 8th notes and quarter notes at like 90bpm. We aren't looking to shred with this just yet. Now it helps a little with descending sweep runs with no repeat on the top Fig. 2
  u      u  d
I literally just thought of that so figured why not? Besides that the descending often needs more work than ascending. Moving on to the brain part of this now! I have seen it advocated that you should learn every scale by intervals along one string, and then do arpeggios and then you have internalized the intervals. Now what when we do have our scale intervals worked out on each string? Well now we are going to practice them in groups of 3 on each string. Your picking hand will retain the constant pattern while we go down the scales notes. Just hold the triads and let them ring out, you can work on muting later. At this point I really must encourage that you improvise the notes that go over your picking pattern. So here are 2 examples of what I might do. Fig. 3 - Major Scale PM if using distortion, trust me.
Well I locked onto like 3 shapes there, but that's just the sound that I like when going up and down, explore different shape patterns on different string sets. Now let's look at harmonic minor in Bb. Fig. 4
You could also just hold down a chord shape and search for extensions with your fingers, find inversions on the strings. If I wanted in D major and I wanted to get used to the major scale I could just do diatonic arpeggios. Fig. 5
This one is cool for getting to know new scales, going up the major and minor shapes on each string. That is all for today. Hope it helps your picking and visualization around your fretboard. Until next time. Keep rocking.
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